Several highlights include 23 Yellow-rumped warblers. Good looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The Cuckoo was initially on the ground, flew up at eye level for about a minute, then flew up higher before disappearing.
In October 2017, two Bald Eagles flew overhead and there were great views of two Pileated Woodpeckers and two Eastern Bluebirds. Fall migration reached a point when the only warblers to be seen were Yellow-rumped Warblers. What will we see in 2018?
I recognized that I love to connect to people and get involved in a community. As a part of my life, I want to keep volunteering even if I am in a foreign country. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society gave me a great chance to do that, and I appreciate the many people that surround me who are always encouraging me!
Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club October 7, 2018 at Erie Street Cemetery and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Report
Once at the preserve the skies still had not lightened up, but the fog had lifted. It is a good day when going from the parking lot to the preserve entrance takes a long time. At the nature preserve 43 species were totaled without the group going very far at all. Chipping sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows were in the grass around the parking lot while Yellow-rumped Warblers, both species of Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches greeted us in the pine trees.
Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club October 7, 2018 at Erie Street Cemetery and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
We begin at Erie Street Cemetery, a historic 8.9-acre cemetery located on East Ninth St within walking distance of Progressive Field. From there we travel to Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a National Audubon Important Bird Area host to 290 unique recorded species.
What inspired you to purchase Bird Friendly Coffee? I like the idea that coffee can be grown in areas where our migrants winter, and other birds homes have not been taken away.
Every day is an opportunity to preserve bird habitat, whether you are out on the trail or standing in your kitchen sipping a newly brewed cup of coffee. Birds and Beans links conservation and coffee together by providing Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society an annual rebate of 5% annual sales volume to put towards Ohio’s conservation projects.
Speaker Series 2018-2019: “Careless Whispers? Deciphering the Hidden Vocal Repertoire of a Common Backyard Bird, the Dark-eyed Junco”
Evidence seems to indicate that these “secretive” sounds are an important part of the bird’s ability to survive and reproduce.
The first day of fall greeted us with the coolest morning of the season to date. Temperatures were in the low 50’s but sunny skies made it seem nicer. We were treated to excellent views of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and several warblers along the all-purpose trail through the woods to the fire station.
Walk the woods and fields of Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation and the Lake Erie Shore in search of migrating warblers and other birds moving through the area on their way south.
Six warbler species, including eight American Redstarts, six Magnolia warblers and five Black-and-White warblers were viewed by the group in several locations. We had some good birds including a Barred Owl, a Scarlet Tanager, and a pair of Solitary Sandpipers.
During the winter, the Scarlet Tanager lives in mature forests and forest edges and often visit shade coffee plantations in the Andes, Mexico, and Central America during migration. They are hard to see because they like to hide among the wide leaves of deciduous trees in the forest canopy.
They feed mainly on insects along with some fruit and tender buds and joins mixed species foraging flocks with flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, and resident tropical tanagers.
How can you help this songbird? Help by preserving birding habitat! Join the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s informal coffee club today and start drinking bird-friendly coffee. You’ll love the taste! Go Here
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FACT: Songbirds that migrate to Mexico and the tropics are on the decline.
TRUE: According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, the population of chestnut-sided warblers has declined by 4% between 1966 and 2015.
FACT: Coffee plantations use various farming methods, such as full-sun to agroforestry systems, to grow and harvest coffee beans.
TRUE: According to a paper published on the "Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico" in 1999, Coffee is grown under a continuum of conditions, from rustic or traditional, to full sun, and these “shades of shade” are not equal when it comes to the health of ecosystems (Reference: Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico. 1999. Conservation Biology 13:11–21.). How do you know that every single bean in every single bag is shade-grown? Buy Birds and Beans coffee!
FACT: Coffee label lingo (Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Shade-grown, Organic) can confuse consumers in the grocery aisle.
TRUE: Without understanding the certifications on the label, you really will not know how the beans are grown. For example, to be certified as Rainforest Alliance, farmers are to maintain shade cover of 30% or greater. According to the 2017 Consumer Report article, "The Truth About Coffee Packaging Claims", this seal means that some or all of the coffee in the bag is sourced from farms that have met standards aimed at promoting sustainability and protecting farmers, forests, wildlife, and local communities. But Rainforest Alliance standards for minimizing pesticide use and incorporating native trees are not as stringent as those behind the Bird Friendly Habitat designation. Learn More
FACT: Specialty coffee costs more than well-marketed coffee brands.
TRUE: The Whole Foods grocery store in Rocky River, Ohio, sells only one blend of organic, bird-friendly coffee, named Early Bird Blend. One 12-oz bag sells for $11.99 (ground). Birds and Beans coffee comes in many blends, grinds, and sizes. One 12-oz bag without shipping and handling sells for $9.25. With shipping/handling shared among other coffee drinkers, WCAS sells it for $11.75 a bag. Buying a bag larger than 12 oz every other month yields even more savings to you.
If you have a question, contact Suzanne Aldrich, WCAS Volunteer, at (440) 465-6612 or send Suzanne and email here.
REMINDER: 5% of annual chapter sales support local conservation projects.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2015. North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966–2015 Analysis.
By becoming a member of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Bird Friendly Coffee Club, you are supporting the shade grown coffee industry, and the farmers and their families who maintain hospitable critical winter habitat for our migrating avian friends.
Seven Magnolia Warblers were among the six warbler species on this walk in 2016. What will we see in 2018?
Speaker Series 2018-2019: “Vegetation in Northeast Ohio: Two Hundred Years of Changes and Challenges”
What did the forests in Cuyahoga County look like in 1800 and how did they compare to forests today?
Our walk continued with a small flock of Chimney Swifts actively feeding on flying insects. We later learned that there had been at least one significant flying ant hatch in the park earlier that day that may have been the source for that Swift feeding frenzy.
The Backyard Nature Bash event is supported by a partnership between Cleveland Metroparks, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and West Creek Conservancy.
We had 25 observers Saturday morning, with a mix of experienced birders and many new birders. Sunny, with a slight breeze. Our 3 hour walk turned up 44 species. We did have 2 Bald Eagles fly over, one immature and one adult. Our best bird was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The Cuckoo was very cooperative. He stayed close enough for all to see and at one moment we watched as he consumed a large caterpillar.
"Seeing a Philadelphia Vireo is a real treat! The bird was in a group with an Eastern Phoebe and a Great Crested Flycatcher. Over the dipping pond Belted Kingfishers put on an aerial display, rattling loudly." - Second Saturday Bird Walk August 12, 2017 at Rocky River Nature Center Report
Migration Underway: What Drinking a Cup of Coffee Can Mean by Bill Wilson, Co-Founder of Birds & Beans Coffee LLC
Coffee farms and children in Nicaragua. The farmers need to sell their Bird Friendly coffee to brands like Birds & Beans to stay on the land and provide their children with security. ~ Bill Wilson, co-Founder, Birds and Beans Coffee
Easy to view and print listing of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Speaker Series 2018-2019. Topics, speakers, program descriptions, and event details. View and print.
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Quarterly stories, reports, news and announcements dedicated to birding and environmental conservation activities in northern Ohio USA.
We’re looking for volunteers with knowledge of past Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society conservation activities. Can you help?
Sponsor-A-Speaker is a new program to give members, guests, and friends the opportunity to sponsor one or more speakers in the 2018-2019 Western Cuyahoga Speaker Series.
Publishing news, announcements and reports.
WCAS Project Lab
"Well, I was just at the most recent Western Cuyahoga Audubon meeting and we're planning new projects to possibly raise money through growing native plants and selling them to people who are interested in growing native plants in their gardens." ~ Patrick Mcguigan
Terry Robison, Dir Natural Resources, Cleveland Metroparks, and Tom Romito, WCAS, talk about the value WCAS members have brought to advance NEO conservation at the Cleveland Metroparks.
Thank you for joining us for “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon”, an evening of legendary member stories and participatory idea stations to generate next-gen conservation projects supported by the WCAS Giving Day Fund.
Wendy Weirich, Dir Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks, Tom Romito, WCAS, and Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, talk about the value conservation groups bring to regional conservation efforts and how we can all work together for a better world.
Waterfowl Hotspot Field Trip at Sandy Ridge Reservation, Sat Nov 17, 2018 Report
Sponsor-A-Speaker in the WCAS 2018-2019 Speaker Series. See Details
Volunteer Positions 2018-2019
WCAS Speaker Series 2018-2019 Trifold
Business Sponsors & Contributors
All Kinds of Signs in Westlake, Ohio, offers premium posters for WCAS Web Platform Fund Donations. Go Here
Birds & Beans is the only coffee brand in the USA that is 100% certified Smithsonian shade grown Bird Friendly®, USDA Organic and Fair Trade. Orders in by the 10th of every month! Details
LEAP Native Plants of the Year 2018
LEAP Native Plants of the Year 2018 card. Sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society and Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio. Click Image to View (PDF)
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Shopping for fall gardening? The Rock Pile Garden Center donates 5% of your purchases back to WCAS to support conservation activities! Go Here
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The 'BAZAAR’ features low-priced goods to fundraise for chapter conservation activities. Follow updates here and on social media!
WATCH "Hotspot Birding with eBird Occurrence Graphs" by Tim Colborn.
WATCH "Second Saturday Winter Birding 2018 Delights". Read Report
WATCH "The Sights and Sounds of Migrating Warblers". Photos by Dave Lewis, sounds by Andrew Spencer. Read More
WATCH "Early Evening Bird Walk" May 17, 2017, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Read More
WATCH Edgewater Park and Wendy Park Birds Jan 28, 2017. Read More
Second Saturday Bird Walks Are For Everyone
Second Saturday Birds January 14, 2017
Second Saturday Bird Walk July 9, 2016
Annual Picnic, Plant Exchange & Bird Walk 2018
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